5/17/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday
MUSIC: Rosanne Cash @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The acclaimed three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will be joined by John Leventhal and Zev Katz as she performs in support of her magnificent album The River & the Thread. With a free pre-show talk with music critic Geoffrey Himes. 7pm. $29, $59 & $79. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Punk Rock 101 @ Rocky’s Music Studio, North Greenbush. Tim Livingston – frontman and songwriter for the Last Conspirators – leads students from Rocky’s Music Studio in a live performance of songs from the early pioneers of punk. Also a discussion on the origins of punk. 1:30pm. $2 minimum donation.
MUSIC/MORE: SPAC Rock & Run @ Saratoga State Park, Saratoga Springs. The event begins at 9am with a 1K Kids’ Run, followed by the 5K and 10K races at 9:30am. More than 20 top Nippertown bands – including Accents, the WonderBeards, Bryan Thomas, Beaked Whale, Rob Jonas, Pony in the Pancake and more – will perform along the course, and Jocelyn Arndt will headline the free, post-race party on SPAC’s lawn.
MUSIC: Tani Tabbal Trio @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The master jazz drummer is joined by bassist Michael Bisio and saxman Adam Siegel to celebrate the release of his new album, Mixed Motions. 7pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…
ART RECEPTION: “El Anatsui: Four Decades” @ The School, Kinderhook. A reception for the opening of the new exhibit by the renowned African artist who transforms simple materials into complex assemblages that create distinctive visual impact. He uses resources typically discarded such as liquor bottle caps and cassava graters to create sculpture that defies categorization. With food, drink and a special musical performance by the genre-smashing singer-songwriter Imani Uzuri in support of her sophomore album, The Gypsy Diaries. 1-4pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Session Americana @ Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Described as “a rock band in a tea-cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle,” this collective of talented Boston-based musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other sitting around the table and making honest music. 8pm. $25. Also at 8pm on Monday.
THEATER: “Home Fires Burning” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Two short haunting plays – “Everlasting Moon” and “Paradise Whiskey” – written and performed by Roxanne Fay about the fierce fight to reclaim and hold on to that most elemental human need – a place of one’s own. 2pm. $15; $10 students & seniors. Through Sunday, May 24.
MUSIC: Tom Chapin @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Best known for his family-friendly children’s music, the multi-talented singer-songwriter-guitarist has covered an incredible amount of creative ground in a career that spans five decades, 24 recordings and three Grammy Awards. 2pm. $25; $15 under age 18.
READING/DISCUSSION: Tom Swyers @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. The local author reads from and discusses his award-winning novel, “Saving Babe Ruth,” about one man’s quest to save his town’s youth baseball league. 2pm.
THEATER: “Butler” @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. It’s the New England premiere of the uproariously funny, witty and very moving play based on actual events that changed the lives of over 10,000 slaves during the Civil War. 3pm. Through Saturday, June 13.
READING/DISCUSSION: “Literchoor Is My Beat: A New Directions Festival” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The special afternoon devoted to the esteemed literary publishing house New Directions features a reading by Ian MacNiven, author of the biography, “Literchoor Is My Beat: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions,” plus a roundtable discussion with MacNiven, New Directions president Barbara Epler and former New Directions president Peggy Fox. 1-3pm. FREE.
CELEBRATION: The Clark Art Institute’s 60th Anniversary @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Cake will be served on the terrace at 12noon, accompanied by selections performed by a cappella group the Williams Octet. The a cappella group Euphoria will perform at 2pm. Admission is FREE all day.